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Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Jillian

in my experience maybe this is 5% of the BC population but most people i have met are real people and not stuck up at all. honestly, because the college is about $50000 a year including room and board, yes many people are rich but not many flaunt it around. i was surprised that BC is much more diverse than anyone lets on, the problem in my eyes is that the students ourselves unintentionally segregate-it sounds a lot worse when i put it like that, but one of the big groups on campus is called AHANA standing for: African-American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American. people group themselves together ergo the asian kids all seem to have asian friends, etc etc. its a real shame because i have found if people dont rely on this, people can fall into natural groups that will, yes, have diversity. a group on campus does go around and sit down at other peoples tables at lunch in order to switch up the different diversities. in general, if people dont cop out, you get to meet some really different and awesome people here. drinking is a big part of the social scene but its not the complete picture. i am only a social drinker and i probably only go to parties once or twice a month. the rest of the weekends i have tons to do with friends while being sober ESPECIALLY in boston. being 5miles from downtown boston (30minutes on the subway from central boston) is a great thing because there are endless things to do in the city-unlike some small colleges where the only thing to do is drink in small dorm rooms. my suggestion is that if you plan on dirnking, make sure you make more than just drinking friends-i have heard of ppl who have had this problem and it's much better if you have friends to hang out with sober as well! as a freshmen dont get caught up thinking everyone gets smashed every night thursday-sunday, because they dont

Paul

Let me describe some qualities of the majority of the BC population. The first thing is that the student body is preppy. There is a large percentage of guys who wear polo shirts (with popped collars), chinos, and leather flip-flops all year round. There are also a great number of girls who dress like something out of an Abercrombie advertisement everyday. While this is very visible, there are still a great number of people who wear sweats and t-shirts 95% of the time, so casual wear is very common. If you are hipster, punk, or anything else outside the box, you will find others like you few and far between. I remember seeing people who dressed funkier their first months slowly dull down their personal styles to fit the general populous. The second characterization describes the student body as children of upper-middle class who are self-centered. For the most part the students do come from upper-middle and middle class families. This lends itself to children who went to good high schools and who haven’t been through any times of struggle, so it is easy to think that they are all self-centered. Although lots of people you will meet will be somewhat self-involved, they can still be great people. Most of my friends at BC had elements of self-centeredness, but if anyone ever gave me any trouble, they were always the first people to stand up and support me. In return, I would do the same for any of them without hesitation. With respect to everyone being from the Northeast, I would have to agree. Most people are from New England, New York, and Chicago. Despite this, I had good friends from California, Germany, Japan, Maryland, Missouri, Singapore, and Virginia, so the campus is somewhat geographically diverse. Also, BC is truly a sporty school. It is ranked one of the fittest campuses in the US and most students are big supporters of BC athletics. The football games are renowned and quite the spectacle (although we nearly never rush the field). Although I liked the sporty environment, I could imagine it would be difficult to enjoy BC if you dislike sports. Saturdays during football season are so focused on the game that everything else is put aside. I remember one girl who didn’t like sports at all and typically went home every home game weekend freshman and sophomore year. Since she never really connected with the environment at BC or too many of the students, she eventually transferred. The last stereotype of BC is that there isn’t much diversity. Speaking of the ethnic diversity at BC, I think that this statement oversimplifies it. There is a proportionate number of students from Asian and pacific island countries, but blacks and Latinos are underrepresented. These students may feel alienated because of this. BC’s AHANA Students Programs Office helps to support these students. They do a great deal of good work, but it is an ongoing effort. Another underrepresented group at BC are gays. The gay community is very small and excluded from receiving direct funding from the administration. The administration tiptoes around the gay students because supporting them would conflict the religious background of the school. Because of this, I think it unfortunately takes a more self-confident minority student to thrive at BC. Although I believe the school could do more for minority students, I don’t think the administration reflects the student body. Almost everyone is accepting and welcoming of any student regardless of race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.

Court

The positive stereotypes are, and while there are always a couple rich snobs running around every elite, private, expensive institution, the vast majority of Boston College students are down-to-earth, hyper-involved, incredibly intelligent, and very passionate about what they are studying and what they are involved in.

Steve

I would probably say a good portion of the student body is doing well for themselves financially but you are probably going to find more of the super rich at a place like Boston University because it takes more than money to get into BC. BC's students are probably more heavily christian than most colleges, but it hasn't affected me at all (unless you take a religion or philosophy class, then you'll never hear the end of it from them. public (high)school all the way). Also, while I'm sure there are a high number of conservatives here, I feel like, as on most college campuses, the student body is generally quite liberal.

Megan

While there are some students that fit the JCrew catalogue stereotype, most don't. A majority of the students walk around in sweat pants and sweatshirts, and for the few students who choose to get dressed for class, it's a complete mix. Alot of the students here are however athletes, participating in anything from intramurals to Varsity sports and unfortunately, there is not a whole lot of diversity when it comes to race, the majority being caucasian or asian however, religion is not thrown in anyones faces or forced upon anyone and individuality is encouraged.

Madeline

Answer to the question: Describe the stereotypes about the students at Boston College. Are they accurate?

Madeline

Answer to the question: Describe the stereotypes about the students at Boston College. Are they accurate?

Madeline

Answer to the question: Describe the stereotypes about the students at Boston College. Are they accurate?

Valeria

Yes

Caroline

for some, yes. but for the majority of the students this stereotype is false.

Chris

Generally, yes. Obviously not in all cases.

Christine

You do find that most students do dress in the "preppy" style but there are just as much people who will dress in sweats. There are some gym rats and it there is some pressure to look good. All students who attend were the best in their high schools so this carries into college. Everyone wants to be the best which motivates everyone. As hard as students work, they party just as hard if not harder. Drinking is very popular, but there are mixed answers if you ask "is there pressure to drink?" I guess it depends on the crowd you're with. I never felt pressured, but sometimes you find it's just less frustrating and more fun to go with the crowd. Volunteering, especially service trips, is very popular. Applications are necessary for some trips which can be very frustrating, but in the end very rewarding.

Greg

In some respects, maybe.

Chris

oh for the most part. they perhaps a bit exaggerated. the stereotype applies to the majority of the student body, and its certainly the most visible, prominent portion. However, a lot of people actually study very hard and are very concerned with grades, perhaps too concerned. but a lot of those people are quiet and hidden away in their rooms.

Bianca

On the surface most of the stereotypes about BC are true. When I first set foot on campus I wasamazed by how beautiful and how wealthy everyone was. Everyone just looked insanely put together. I was like, what about going to class in your pajamas? However, once I learned the names designers jeans and why cashmere is better than cotton, I also learned that BC students are the most down to earth and friendly kids out there. Somone will always hold the door for you or offer you advice about classes and what teachers to take. There is a tremendous sense of community on the campus, and all of the students have a sense of pride in the school.

Dan

A lot of students are rich and white, but that certainly doesn't define everyone. BC is lacking in diversity, but that doesn't mean everyone falls into this stereotype. You are guaranteed to meet a large majority of good, stand-up people at BC.

Morgan

Although BC is vastly preppy, it is such a large school that this fact is diluted but the large student body. There is truly a group of every type, and more importantly, there are students that choose not to identify with any group at all. It is an easy school to find your niche. BC is composed of a very serious, intelligent student body and people that are not afraid to work hard. To add to that however, those same students are able to put their work behind them and take time to hang out and have fun. They are very well around and aren't afraid of the "work-hard, play-hard lifestyle." While many BC students are well-off and you will find the occasional snob, this by no means defines the student body. Those couple snobby kids find each other and go off and exclude themselves from the rest of the student body, which benefits everyone in the end. Overall though, there are many kids that are from lower income and on scholarships and it would never be known unless they offered the information.

katie

Some are. It is not as big of a party school as people think because school is so important and because it's gotten harder to get into. I have found that students' taste in music and such is pretty generic - not too much variation from the mainstream. Also, students tend to stay on campus much more than I expected and not go into Boston. What would surprise people is how concerned BC students are and committed to service. It is the norm to go on alternative spring break and volunteer weekly. Also, they are very suburban and uncultured.

Dan

It seems ridiculous to imagine a school with B.C.'s reputation having the B.C. stereotype. Such an environment cannot produce well-balanced, mature, young adults for a increasingly globalized and diverse world. I matriculated to Boston College with the idea that the stereotype was just a poor generalization and could not possibly be true. I imagined that there would have to be a broad, if at least a interesting student body and the school itself would provide ample opportunities and support for any type of student. Yet, after going to Boston College, talking to a multitude of students from as diverse of backgrounds you will find at B.C., and spending time meeting people from other schools, I can honestly say the stereotype is completely true, both about the school and the vast majority of the schools students. At B.C., if you do not conform, or if you reject such a environment and the attitude that comes along with it, you will feel like a black sheep and not receive the best education you could.

Regina

The preppiness and tons of jocks are definitely true, and if not jocks then just athletes.

Jess

while a lot of students do dress in a preppy fashion, there are plenty who do not, or have their own twist on it

Lorie

It is true. They are ugly

Charlie

Somewhat

Frances

Sadly the stereotypes are partially true, but what really makes BC are the hard working side of students that people usually overlook.

Andy

I think just because two people are both wearing North Faces, does not mean they are the same person. Sure, people are similar, obviously everyone chose to come to BC, but assuming everyone is the same is ignorant. Everyone has their own interesting stories and experiences to share, if you are just open to listening.

Dave

The students do pay a lot for tuition, so most of the students come from wealth, but I believe the students to be great kids, not arrogant, and also very well rounded.

Carson

Most of these stereotypes are true for a very small percentage of the student body at BC and do apply to the rest of us.

Kaitlin

There are many students at BC who are do not fit the mold of the stereotype, there are people from all walks of like with all different views of the world.

Martha

To an extent, but definitely doesn't represent a good portion of the school population.

Harry

The rich and snobby is not true. There are certainly the rich, and there are certainly a few that know it...but in general, all the kids are friendly and open. The athlete stereotype is hurt by a select few. Again, most athletes are good kids, with a lot on their plate as far as time commitments go. If they want to let loose on a weekend and have a good time, its their choice. The school of management kids - I feel - do think they are better than your average Joe. They work their tails off in all those classes, so its natural for them to expect more out of their education than say a Communications major. I that is not a problem in my eyes. The problem I see often is when kids get so consumed with business and The Wall Street Journal and all that hoopla, that they get a bad case of tunnel-vision. It's too bad for them.

Chris

Some of them, most of them.

Elizabeth

absolutely, not everyone, but most students seem to fit the bill

Dylan

There are certainly a lot of people that fit that description, but there are plenty more that don't. The school has a lot of drinking, but it's not too bad.

Andrew

For some people, yeah, but there alot of normal people at BC. It's definitely a mixed bag.

julian

the preppy steriotype is only accurate on the weekends, such as going out and at parties, but during the days its pretty informal, sweatpants and a t isn't unusual for classes, etc, the girls are above average, but not amazing, party scene is underrated here- we throw down pretty big

Ally

No, BC is very preppy and not very diverse, but there are a lot of people who do not fit into these categories. Everyone is really athletic though.

Mike

for the most part, yes.

Cody

I would say that most of these are true. A majority of the students here were three-sport varsity athletes who were in the top of their high-school classes. Most students here are preppy or at least conscience of what they wear and how they present themselves. The students are also very cliquey.

Kate

By and large, stereotypes at BC are wrong. While the Ugg population is probably record-breaking and the boys are mostly "preppy," no one is an idiot. People may like to party, but everyone's first priority is their work. At the end of the day, Uggs and Polos are secondary accessories to books and essays.

Andrew

yes we are all white, and the majority of the student body is extremely snobbish. and yes we definitely cost too much money (very few things are worth $46,000 a year!). The moral principles behind refusing condom distribution are outdated and unhealthy. with the exception of Vandy, 90, and the Gate, the housing is pretty bad.

Kyle

I would say that all of these are correct but there is definitely a lot more too the people than those facts and of course those aren't true about all of the people but for some it is true and it is the "vibe" that the school gives off.

Taylor

Mostly, yeah.

Tristan

We do have enough snobs running around, propagating the stereotypes, that by senior year I'm ready for a slightly more diverse crowd. But the stereotypes certainly don't encapsulate the majority of the student body.

Shelby

Nope, havent seen one popped collar... there are tons of different kinds of people that go here.

Tony

Some of them are very true, although like all generalizations they cannot be fully true. BC definitely has a drinking culture that I think is out of control - for some drinking defines everything they do beyond academics, and yet some don't drink and others drink a lot less than some would assume. The hook up culture is also a phenomenon and a problem, but probably only a third to a half of BC participates in this culture and even then the vast majority of these are not satisfied with it, I mean who would be you are completely taking advantage of others and yourself. The other noteworthy thing is that some people actually date. There is a lot of academic pressure at BC most assume that everyone is studying and getting good grades and of course it is a competitive school so many are, but there are also those who would rather get dinner with a friend that spend hours in the library and others who struggle and don't get the great grades it seems like everyone receives. There appears in my eyes to be a bit of apathy that resonates when it comes to taking action on issues that students care about. Many students at BC do come from very affluent backgrounds, which perpetuates a problem because some of these students assume that everyone has the same experiences and upbringing as them when in fact most of the world and many at BC have not. There is a thin culture here, especially among women which perpetuates very unhealthy eating and exercise habits. And the problems and stereotypes continue.

Abby

Well, some of them. Sure, you have those kinds of people around, but that's going to be the same as pretty much anywhere. I never had a problem finding people I could easily get along with, and I feel like I meet new people every weekend. And for those people that you're not a big fan of, you can easily avoid them. It's a big campus with a lot of students. Personally, I am not religious. Going to a Jesuit university hardly has any impact on my academic career. The only actual difference I can see is that our classes are sometimes taught by Jesuits, and you get a longer Easter Break.

Claire

In some ways, but there is also a prevalent group who does not fit the stereotypes. Drinking may seem like it is a big part of life, but there are always plenty of activities during the weekend that do not involve drinking.

Kristin

to an extent they are. you can't really go to BC unless you are fairly well off. Because of that, many of the kids dress/act preppy.

john

Not really all of them. MOst people are white, a lot are wealthy, everyone is intelligent, some are religious, but its not a big deal if you're not, and many people do drink, but many choose not to- and its no problem.

Casey

Yes.

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